Vero Pirate Fest

I’ve been busy! We attended the Vero Beach Pirate fest this weekend, we had no idea that it was happening until precisely a week before the event. And, obviously, I couldn’t wear something old.

  So I chose to make a new pair of eighteenth century stays with a pirate twist. Okay, I can whip those up in a week. Nope, scratch that word out, life intruded on Monday and Tuesday leaving me three days. And my friend asked me to make a steampunk/pirate ruffle skirt for the festival. Well, then, full steam ahead!

I finished the stays and the skirt easily in three days but I’d forgotten that I had nothing to wear under the stays. Around ten o’clock Friday night saw me whipping together the rest of my costume. My friend slept over that night and, getting more than I little tired and silly, took a picture of me hunched over the sewing machine.

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It was worth the rush though, I adore my new stays and the skirt looked fabulous!

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The stays are fully boned, seriously you could stab me and the knife would just bounce off the boning.

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To give them a little pep I replaced the usual shoulder lacing with bronze hooks and rings.

But then things got a little heated and we had to duke it out,

Fan duel! En Guarde!

Fan duel! En Guarde!

 But we sorted it out and even found a stage where we performed an impromptu treble reel to the surprise of all the surrounding pirates. BONUS, our outfits, jewelry and accessories all stayed in place during the dance.

Hope to see this festival back next year!

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